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from the first presidential debate between president obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. both campaigns are playing down expectations. they also say the debates could be a turning point in the election. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has more. >> reporter: at the university of denver final touches are underway for wednesday's first presidential debate. >> what you'll see is governor romney and president obama standing at podiums on the stage. >> reporter: taking a break from those debate preps, though, the president delivered pizzas to his las vegas campaign office and made calls to drum up votes. >> when i tried this down in florida, there was one woman who wouldn't believe it was me. >> reporter: already in colorado meanwhile mitt romney received the endorsement of former denver broncos quarterback john elway. >> i look forward to these debates. i'm delighted we're going to have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people. >> reporter: ahead of these debates fox 5 talked to top officials from the romney and obama campaigns about their predebate
. the romney forces appeared their a-game left on the obama camp. they were more measured. say said this dewait unfolded and the president in their viewpoint got stronger as this debate went on. one of the very first direct exchanges came on the issue of the deficit. governor romney challenged the president that he had not done enough to reduce the president. lead to mass i have cuts. >> you have been president four years. you would cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficits. a trillion dollar deficit each of the four years. if you are reelected, we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> we're asking for no revenue, we hag to give -- end up in resulting in se veer hardship for poem. >> social security is also a big topic. both men went back and forth on this one. >> you can call it a target or lind pent voters. they are eventually going to need social security, so the job of each of these candidates tonight was to paint the other's programs in aing intive right. on the issue, the president said that mitt romney's plans would eventually turn entitlements. he is trying to e
first topics of the debate tonight between mitt romney and president obama. when both men talked about their economic priorities. >> governor romney has a perspective if we cut taxes and roll back regulations that we'll be better off. i have a different view. >> that was president obama there. we have mitt romney also that we want to hear from in a bit. bruce stern's attorney worked on the reagan campaign in '84. you're the treasury. you heard president obama talk about what his economic priorities were. was there anything in there that as a republican, you thought that might reflect something that you hold dear? >> well, there are two things. in the contrast was governor romney said his number one priority was creating jobs and that's so important to the american people. as you know, the unemployment rate is at 8.1%. it is only that low because people stopped looking for work. previously at 8.3. it's now at 8.1%. the president promised the american people years ago that we would be in a much lower rate, especially after all the stimulous spending. what governor romney said was that
off of what many supporters viewed as a disappointing debate, president obama is trying to hit reset. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: speaking in denver, the president argued mitt romney's debate performance was big on style but short on facts. >> the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to favor the wealthy. last night, he said he didn't know anything about that. >> reporter: mitt romney quickly tried to capitalize on his momentum. >> last night, i thought it was a great opportunity for the american people to see two different vigs for the country. >> reporter: also in denver, his goal was to frame the obama presidency. >> he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. >> reporter: the debates started with a handshake, mitt romney quickly landed blows. >> what is -- . >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> it's mad, it's arithmetic. >> i have no idea what you're talking about. >> he's saying his big,
fox 5 on- time traffic. >>> the final day of the debate preps for president obama and mitt romney. tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time the two will square off for the first time from the university of denver. governor romney got a lot of debating under his belt during the republican primaries of course, but he has rarely engaged in a one-on-one debate. president obama's staff is reportedly to keep the sometimes wordy president's answers brief and to the point. joining us is peter fin. good morning. wonderful to see you. our friend jim is away this week, so we are happy to welcome back jordan lieberman. good to see you again. so let's talk about it. the day is here. peter, i'll start with you. what's the feeling going into this debate? >> i think there's a lot of anxiety, allison. these things are very tense. i'm not sure we're going to see lincoln/douglas here tonight. this is a fairly loose format and it allows both candidates some time to go into longer answers and explain things. but as you point out, especially with president obama, i think they're trying to shorten his answers,
's debate will mean for the race, mitt romney getting positive reviews while some say president obama had an off night. fox 5's tom fitzgerald tracking the reaction. >> reporter: fresh off what many of his supporters viewed as a disappointing debate president obama is trying to hit reset. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: speaking in denver the president argued mitt romney's debate performance was big on style but short on facts. >> the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. the fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that. >> reporter: but mitt romney quickly tried to capitalize on his momentum. >> last night i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see two very different visions for the country. >> reporter: also in denver romney said his goal was to frame the obama presidency. >> he will raise taxes on small business which will kill jobs. >> reporter: while the debate started with
, president obama and mitt romney will face off for the first presidential debate. stage is set, spotlight on denver tonight. the new polls indicate that mitt romney may need to sway undecided voters during the debate. a cnn poll averaged 7 recent surveys and overall, president obama had 49 to 45%. well, tonight's debate, will it make a difference among the voters? craig bosswell is live in denver with more now. craig. >> reporter: good evening to you. three hours and counting until the main event here. the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign. the first question will go to president obama and that is followed by two-minute answers on the topic and the 15 minutes and there will be a discussion about that topic. this debate is divided up into three 15-minute segments. the economy, roll on government and leadership style. the pressure is certainly on, on mitt romney to perform and is a must-win situation. on the flip side of that for presume a it's a must not lose situation as well and here we are a month away from the election and the stakes are high here tonight, even though both
tickets to the debate where president obama and mitt romney will debate domestic policy issues. the debate is set for wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., and today the president will go to nevada for campaign rallies and debeat prep. then he will visit virginia on friday. president obama is scheduled to speak at a grass roots campaign event in fair fax county. so far no details on where or what time the president will appear. the latest polls show him with a lead over mitt romney in virginia. >> mitt romney will spend today preparing for wednesday's debate. he is expected to appear tomorrow and will stay in the city until after the debate. analyst say wednesday is his best chance to help change the polls. romney is running out of time, david gregory joined us onset, and he says wednesday's debate may be romney's only chance to do just that. >> they represent the last big moment to reach sen tens of millions of people at one time. i think it is a last chance to turn the debate around and the campaign around. if they're in a cycle where they're just reacting to events and looking for an angle, it
taken part in some 20 primary debates on his way to the republican nomination. president obama, on the other hand, as you know, had no primary challenger and as a result, no primary debates. in the newsroom, tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. ld, fox >> checking in with tucker to get the latest on the weather outside. >> good morning. we have some rain showers moving through the area. might be a thunderstorm later as well. going to be a warm and humid day today with the mid-70s. if you are not quite done with that summertime feel, we have a few more days of it. >> okay. >> the trade-off is you have to be dodging raindrops. let's get right to the maps and here is your radar. the heaviest of the showers all morning long has been just to the west of washington where we had pretty good rain rates. did you get some pretty good rain, tony? >> yeah. >> tony got pretty good rain. off to the south and west, we're watching more rain develop. i'm wearing the shirt because the nationals won the championship. there we go. nl east championship. they have more work to do. the cloud here off to the
of preparation and months of anticipation, president obama and mitt romney meet face to face debating policy and differences of opinion. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney tacted directly to one another meeting -- talked directly to one another. >> governor romney has a perspective that says, if we cut taxes, skew towards the wealthy and roll back regulation, that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> i don't want to cost jobs. my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> reporter: the republican nominee revealing his plan to reduce the deficit. >> what things would i cut from spending? i will eliminate all programs by this test. is the program so critical, it is worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. if not, i'll get rid of it. obamacare is on my list. i apologize, mr. president. >> governor romney at the beginning of this date said what we did in massachusetts could be a model for the nation. >> reporter: informing their plans for the future of america. >> as president of america, i will sit down with leaders, democratic leaders. >> g
unemployment numbers dropping and -- for wednesday's debate. if for president obama, it was a much needed shot in the arm. >> this morning, we found out the unemployment rate fell to its lowest levelness is i took office. >> reporter: -- level since i took office. >> reporter: the president held up the new 7.8% unemployment rate as proof that his policies are working. >> and today's news is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score political points but a reminder the country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: across the state, mitt romney casts doubt on the numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day that the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11% and that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> reporter: the president's fairfax speech had been aimed at the women issues. >> and i don't think a working mom in arlington should wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. i don't think a college studentsho should have to choose between text books or the prevent
of three debates. president obama and governor mitt romney will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> in the swing state of colorado, the candidates will focus on the economy. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live at the white house with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. this has been months and months and months in the making. we have abeen hearing about the presidential doe peat for so long and tonight, it will finally be here. tacoma and governor romney have been practicing their points and counterpoint with their debate partners. both camps actually spent the weekend downplaying expectations by talking up their opponent's debate skills an analysts say what happens tonight could change the momentum of the presidential race. final prep rigs are under way in denver -- preparations are under way in denver, colorado for the first showdown. it will take place at the just of denver. the format of this one will be a the different. >> what is different about the format is that we are dividing the hour and a half debate into six discussion segments. we think that those exte
hearing about this debate for months and months and months now. president obama and governor romney have been practicing their paints and their counter points with debate partners. both camps have been sort of downplaying expectations by talking up their opponents. what happens tonight could change the momentum of the presidential race. preparations are under way for tonight's first presidential election debate in colorado. the showdown between president obama and republican candidate mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. up like debates in the past, organizes say this event will be a little different. >> so what is different about the format is that we are dividing the hour and a half debate into six discussion segments. we think that those extended discussion periods will help the viewers around the world really get a sense of the candidates' views on the key issue. >> reporter: the economy is a key issue on the campaign trail but since colorado is one of the few states that appears to be weathering the national economic downturn, some won't be voting with their pock
politics now. first of three presidential debates is tonight where president obama and governor mitt romney will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> now, in the swing state of colorado, the candidates will focus on the economy. melanie alnwick is live at the white house with a preview. >> reporter: more than 50 million people are expected to tune in tonight to witness the verbal sparring. governor rome necessity's message will be that the country cannot afford four more years of the obama administration and its policies. president obama's message will be that the country is far better off than it would have been without his policies and he needs four more years in order to be able to finish the job. now, in denver, colorado, final preparations are under way for that first presidential election debate in colorado. the showdown in denver between the president and governor mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. now, unlike debates in the past, this one will be a little bit different. it will be a 90-minute debate broken up into six 15-minute discussi
. that was when he was debating ted kennedy. it's everything for romney to gain by doing well and obama just needs to be steady and look, as i said, presidential and not make any mistakes and not have romney get under his skin and say something which demonstrates that obama is flustered in any way. >> it's been a while since the president has had a debate like this. do you think romney has an edge having been through 19 debates in the primaries? >> yeah. he's had more practice, but it's interesting in the washington abc news poll, the people that responded to that poll 51-33 said that obama was going to win the debate. >> last but not least, the most important question tonight what do you think about the nats? >> well, it's great, but barack obama has already said he wanted the chicago white sox. they're out of it. so i think -- i don't think d.c.'s three electoral votes are in danger. he's safe to go for the nats. >> i think you're right about that. fox 5 political analyst mark plotkin, always great to have you in. thanks. >>> a wet commute for some of you tomorrow morning. sue has your accuweath
account during the presidential debate. it read obama's grandma even knew it was going to be bad. she died three days before he became president. the tweet was sent after mr. obama referenced his grandmother during the debate while talking about medicare and social security. sin thee i can't soledad, kitchen aid senior director of marketing later posted from the company's account, apologizing to the prsident. she said the tweet was "carelessly sent in error by a member of our twitter team who, needless to say, won't be tweeting for us any more." >>> a voter watchdog group says it has uncovered voter fraud in maryland. the group election integrity maryland claims it found evidence that some people registered to vote using the names of dead people or registered to vote twice in two different states. the group is not accusing the state board of elections of fraud, but says the problem does need to be corrected. state elections officials say if fraud is found, the information will be given to the state prosecutor's office. >>> making headlines this morning, a rare form of meningitis has healt
careful not to be confident over the debate. >> there is going to be no dancing. >> reporter: this obama campaign pyrotechnic said the president will -- press secretary said the president will defend his record on the economy and try to talk directly to voters who haven't decided if they will vote for him. >> and won't to reach the undecided voters towing in about what the president's plans are for the middle class. >> reporter: speculation ends wednesday and the debate begins when all of the -- what all of the candidates will talk about comes to an end. >> officials had more to see and can you see that interview on www.myfoxdc.com. incidentally, late word from the obama campaign. they announced the presint will be back in our area on friday and with a campaign rally in fairfax, video virginia. >> does it look like either side was trying to target an audience? >> it was clear, brian, that independents are what you're going to hear them target president obama doesn't seem inclineed to talk directly to the liberals. both campaigns sorely so -- clearly see the independent vote in the middle
debate last night romney said he has plans to fix the economy. president obama said, when he became president four years ago, he was dealing with a major economic crisis. >> i also promised that i would fight every single day on behalf of the american people and the middle class and all those who are strifing to get into the middle class, i've kept that promise. >> there are two different paths that we began speaking about this evening and over the course of this month, we'll have two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debate. the two paths lead in very different directions. it is not just looking to our words. you can look at the record. there is no question some my mind, if the president were to be re-elected, you will continue to see a middle class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. i'll get incomes going up again. >>> a health alert, a rare form of meningitis has killed at least four people, including two in maryland and virginia. the infection was not transmitted from person to person but rather through a steroid used to treat back pain. we have
obama and mitt romney are gearing up for the first debate. they are going to face off in denver on wednesday night and the stakes are high. a good performance can pump up a party's enthusiasm and per sway undecided voters. >> who will pay attention to this and look for something maybe to make them change their mind for people who aren't completely thrilled about their choice. >> both of the guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers, they are both pretty good, they'll both be well prepared. >> the primary focus of this week's debate is domestic policy. >> a new poll from the washington post shows president obama leading among swing state voters. 52% of likely voters in battleground states say they would vote for the president if the election were today. 41% say they woo pick mr. romney. those numbers are similar from the washington post polls, in florida, ohio and virginia. >> developing overseas tonight, a grim milestone in the war in afghanistan. the death toll for u.s. troops has now reached 2,000. the most recent deaths came this weekend. two americans k
, president obama and mitt romney will square off in their presidential debates. both have been behind closed doors rehearsing for the first face-to-face meeting and tom fit earl has more. >> reporter: it's been interesting. publicly, both of these campaigns have been downplaying the importance of the first debate. the president is not going as -- is going as far as saying he's all right in these kinds of forums. clearly, what we know, is that these debates are important n. a race where the polls are putting the president ahead and not out of reach of mitt romney, it's the challenge who may have more to gain and lose. the president took a break from two days of debate rehearsals to visit one of his own campaign offices in las vegas. he brought pizza to the volunteers and made some phone calls to a couple of voters in the area and many were surprised to have the president of the united states on the other end of the phone. mitt romney picked up a big endorsement in the denver sports world, an icon of the denver broncos, the former quarterback john elway appeared with romney offering his suppor
scolding a school kid. it was bad body language for obama. i'm sure that's something that debate coaches say, look, always assume there's a camera on you and always look pleasant and interested and engaged, even when you're not talking. >> interested. we're reporting this morning the president's team is adjusting its strategy and we've seen mitt romney further go into his 47% comment, saying he cares of course about 100% of americans. proof this is still ever evolving, chris? >> absolutely. we have more than a month still till the election, and look, it was a good first debate. i don't think there's any question that romney won. but there are two more debates, the vice presidential debate. and a month of day-to-day campaigning, and obama has been more effective in that campaigns and ads than romney has. the best you can say for romney, this was in danger of slipping away from him if he had a bad debate. he's made it competitive again, but a long way away from winning and both sides will go back with renewed vigor. >> how important is the vice presidential debate? >> i don't think terribl
are still up for grabs. he'd also need president obama to lose in ohio or iowa. the ap has him winning both states right now. also right now, president obama is in nevada preparing for wednesday night's first debate. senator john kerry is playing the role of mitt romney in the debate preps. the president many ka pacampaig night in las vegas. he asked supporters at this virginia high school to keep believing in him. the president does not have any events scheduled for today so he can focus on preparing for wednesday night. mitt romney is hoping the debate gives the presidential nominee a much needed boost. a supporter calls wednesday night the restart of this campaign. romney will hold a rally tonight in denver where the debate will take place. >>> nationals get another shot to clinch a division title today. this time they'll be able to do it in front of the d.c. faithful. the nats couldn't seal the deal against the st. louis cardinals yesterday, losing 10-4. ross dettweiler struggled. so all they need to clinch the division is one win in their final three games against the phillies. they co
and the first question of the debate will go to president obama. both campaigns have been downplaying the expectations, the fact tonight that stakes here are very high. the 90-minute showdown will be broken down into six 15-minute segments. the moderator opens each segment with a question llowed by answers from each candidate and a discussion of the topic. >> there will be fewer questions and more extended discussion that dives into certain detail -- issues in detail. >> reporter: both men are certain to face tough questions on domestic issues, healthcare, the fiscal crisis, unemployment rate and taxes and the role of government and governing style. pollsters said mitt romney has to win big tonight. >> he's no longer winning the question on who will do best on the economy. he's got to win that question. >> reporter: with early voting underway in 35 states, governor romney and president obama are frying to capture the -- trying to capture the attention of those voters who remain undecided. >> i have my reasons for -- and do i want to see a better economy or lose rights. that is how i l
's doug luzader has the latest on the president barack obama and mitt romney debate preps. >> reporter: one new national poll is out. but it really hasn't done a whole lot to change the real clear politics, national average of polls, which shows the president nationwide about 3 1/2 points up, over mitt romney. but this all comes down to swing states, including colorado. the site of wednesday's debate. >> mitt romney is already in denver. getting in to the final campaigning and a last-minute endorsement from former broncos quarterback john elway but preparing for a much more critical stage on wednesday. >> so i look forward to these debates. i'm delighted that we will have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. >> that stage at the university of denver is still being set for the first debate which will focus primarily on domestic issues. >> this is barack obama. how are you? >> president obama made some quick phone calls at a campaign office in nevada where he is going through debate rehearsals. >> basically they're keepi
-time traffic. >>> the economy took center stage in last night's first presidential debate. both president obama and mitt romney picked apart the plans and touted their open. >> the polls show most people think that romney won the debate. >> i will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. i know that you and your running mate keep saying that and i know it's popular thing to say with a lot of people but it is just not the case. i got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that is not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping i will believe t that is not the case. i will not reduce the attacks paidby high-income americans. number three, i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> four years ago when i stood on this stage, i said that i would cut taxes for middle class families. and that is exactly what i did. we cut taxes for middle class families by about $3600. the rope is because i believe that we do best when the middle class is doing well. and by giving them those tax cuts, they had a little more money in their pocke
. >>> big night for president obama along with his first debate against mitt romney, he is marking his 20th wedding anniversary with the first lady, of course, mrs. obama will be in the audience in denver, as the president takes the stage. the celebrations are on hold until saturday. i'm sure she understands. >> i think so. happy anniversary. >> happy anniversary. >>> hey, tucker. >> good morning. >> how are you? >> good. been a nice morning. fog-- >> out of here? >> it's on the way out. see the darker yellow and orange? it's where the fog is thick. to the west of the city, see the frontal system literally draped across the district here? the fog has been springing up along that front all morning long, and heavy here just to the north of the front. as you get west of the city here, out towards leesburg and reston, visibility still 0.25- mile or less. montgomery county and northern maryland, visibility still greatly reduced. washington, still fog to the east, fog as well. things should get better. dense fog advisory continues for mother half hour or so -- another half hour or so. expanded t
. i don't know why that was. all i do know is that's the attitude he needs to bring to the next debate. >> clearly both these presidential campaigns covet virginia. this is president obama's 17th trip to the state just this year. mitt romney was in this state yesterday and he'll return monday. >> i love you, too guys. >> the romney campaign says wednesday's debate has een a big boost to their efforts in virginia. >> obviously people saw the great debate performance. people are fired up as ever of the we're having more volunteers stream -- ever. we're having more volunteers stream into the office. >> still most major polls have president obama ahead in virginia. while he headed from fairfax to ohio it's expected he will be back several times before the election. in fairfax, virginia, tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >>> this week shaping up to be busy. in virginia the white house announced first lady michelle obama will host a campaign event tuesday at loudoun county fairgrounds, mitt romney slated to deliver what's being called a major foreign policy address at the virginia military institu
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news hour, and i welcome the new to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one ice- presidential, are sponsored by the commission of presidential debates. tonight's nine minutes will be about he domestic feature and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15 minute segments with two-minute answers. for the first question, then an open discussion for the remainder of this section. i made the final selections and for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commissionnare the candidates. this segment, as i announced in advance, will be threeeon the care, the role of government, and governing. with an emphasis throughout on the differences, specifics, and choices. both candidates will have post statements. the audience in hall has promised to remaiquiet. so we may all concentrate on what the candidates have to say. there is a noise exception right now, though, as we
into the political arena and looking forward to the next round. the vice presidential debate coming up next week. president obama and governor romney will face off once again october 16th. in washington, steve sentani, fox news. >>> getting up close to perhaps appreciate the space shuttle atlantis. the visitors had a chance to go inside the shuttle before it goes on permanent display next summer. from the flight deck and to the crew. hatch where thousands of signatures were left by members. shuttle workers, dignitaries and celebrities. they have maintained and upgraded the shuttle throughout the 30-year history and many say it's emotional. >> this is the last time we're going do this. >> and next month, the atlantis will move to the kennedy space center visitor's complex in cape canaveral. >>> nasa is turning former spy drones into hurricane hunters. the global hawk was sent to the atlantic this month under what is called the hurricane severe storm sentinel mission. the drone is expected to study and gain insight into hurricanes. the global hawk can soar higher than a hunter plane flying up to
? >> a break from campaign events today for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates are preparing for their first debate tonight at the university of denver. the candidates will debate domestic policy issues. more than 50 million people are expected to tune in many brian mooar is following the candidate's running mates on the campaign trail today. >> day's before the first presidential debate. mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline. i can honest letter say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> vice president biden was fight
? >>> the first debate is now in the books, president barack obama and governor mitt romney showcased their vision for the country to a national audience. the face-to-face focused mostly on the economy and differences of opinion and strategies. joining us now is jonathan strong with roll call. they've been watching the campaign, you watched the debates, kind of doing some fact checking and overall impressions. thanks for coming in. first of all, tell me your overall impression of the debate. is there a winner, is there a loser, how did it go? >> well, i think the consensus opinion following the debate was that romney was kind of a strong winner here. his temperment, his demeanor was much more -- he had a lot more energy on stage. president obama looked -- his presentation was a little bit halting, he kept looking down throughout the debate, and so a lot of that poad language that tends to -- body language that tends to resonate with voters who aren't as tuned into the campaign went romney's direction. >> by some measure, some people say when you see these debates, you want to see who looks preside
for their first debate wednesday in denver. on sunday, president obama tried to downplay expectations. he told a rally in las vegas that he's, quote, just okay at debating. new jersey governor chris christie chose a different tact, predicting that republican nominee mitt romney will, quote, do extraordinarily well. >>> in a rare prison interview, one of the men convicted for the bellway sniper attacks is expressing remorse. lee boyd malvo says i was a monst monster, a thief, stole people's lives. the shooting left at least ten people dead in the washington, d.c. area. the now 27-year-old malvo is serving life without parole. >>> a teenaged girl distressed message sent over twitter has triggered a police search and drawn worldwide attention. kathryn craig has more from clark, new jersey. good morning, kathryn. >> reporter: natalie, good morning. it started with a message on twitter, a tweet from a teenager who lives in this house that someone was inside the house, and she wrote, call 911. we have the tweet to show and you despite the typo from the teenager, people were absolutely crazy and worr
there will be the first presidential debate. the two candidates have spent considerable time on tactics and strategy. a new poll shows where the candidates stand with the voters. >> reporter: president obama leads mitt romney by 18 points among likely women voters and has a four had been point lead in an overall match-up, but romney is ahead with independents and more think he can best handle the deficit. according to a new quinnipiac poll coming out one day before the first debate. >> i'm delighted we'll have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: the debate stage is nearly set at university of denver as both candidates work on final prep for the first match-up that focuses on domestic policies. romney is practicing at his colorado hotel, but he's been doing mock debates for weeks with ohio senator rob portman standing in as the president. >> i think romney has to throw the president off stride and get under his skin. maybe he mentions president obama's penchant for playing g
down on voter fraud but others say it will be harder for minorities to vote. >>> president obama is in nevada getting ready for tomorrow's first presidential debate and mitt romney is already in colorado where the debate will be held. at the university of denver, preparations are well under way for the big event. romney is shifting his focus after intense criticism from fellow republicans and highlighting the race as a choice between his plans for the economy and the president's policies. >> i represent a very different course. i will make sure that the young people of today have great jobs tomorrow and have a bright and prosperous future. that's the difference between us. >> who is going to put the most points on the board? >> you are! >> not i. governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president took a break from preparations and got applause when he showed up with pizzas at his las vegas campaign office. >>> it is hard to miss the television ads about question seven in maryland. it is an effort to expand gaming in the state. lawmakers say the expansion would
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